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Home > general rambling > It’s a… D.A.D.!

It’s a… D.A.D.!

I’d like to introduce to you… [drum roll, please!]

The D.A.D. project is a new collaborative project that my sister Serena and I have just launched, and it’s been in the works for months now.

Last year, our father was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in his lungs and liver, and he’s been undergoing chemo since August. So if you’ve read my blog for awhile and wondered why we had to plan our wedding in 8 weeks flat, or why my Dad wore a fedora to the event, or why I mentioned that 2009 was a bit of a roller coaster, this explains things. I haven’t spelled it out until now for many reasons… but now with our Dad’s thumbs-up and with this project, here we are.

If you’ve ever had a loved one deal with longterm sickness, you know how your priorities get turned on their head, how you oscillate between the bad feelings and wanting to be strong, and how helpless you can feel. We wanted to come up with a way to feel productive and to do something positive in the midst of a tough situation.

Some people do walk-a-thons, some donate their hair, some bike across the country, some volunteer at a clinic… As for my sister and me? Well, we DRAW.

The D.A.D. Project is an ongoing fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. We will take turns doing a Drawing A Day, and $10 from the sale of each of these printed drawings will go directly to the CCS. You can find out more details on the D.A.D. about page.

We also:


I’ll be keeping things separate for now (m on the side will continue be my own stuff, while the new site will be D.A.D.-specific), so please drop by the newborn blog and check out our progress — we’d love to hear from you!

Just a little peek at a detail of my very first daily drawing yesterday:

Big thanks to:

  • everyone whose show all sorts of support already (sold & relisted our first print!),
  • the nice nurses at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
  • Tony at Lab5 Inc. who worked so hard on getting this site programmed/posted
  • Rob at Imatics for kindly registering and hosting D.A.D.’s domain


And off we go!!!

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  1. June 8th, 2010 at 11:32 | #1

    I totally love this project and think it’s awesome. My only challenge will be selecting a print (or two) to purchase. Will you continue reprinting as the project progresses or do I have to pick and beat everyone to purchase a print?

  2. June 8th, 2010 at 11:47 | #2

    congrats on the launch of D.A.D! I cant wait to see what it holds. Hugs to you and Serena and of course your dad. Well done mchen!

  3. June 8th, 2010 at 13:19 | #3

    Thanks guys!!!

    We will relist prints if they are purchased. As long as people keep buying an illustration, we will continue to print it.

    And since you’re in Ottawa, we can just do the transaction in person (skip the S&H!) if you’d like!

  4. Samantha
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:00 | #4

    LOVE IT! What a great idea, Em!!

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